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HUMILIATING though it may be, I am bound to confess that the following pages have neither hero, heroine or moral !

A barrister, about to try his luck in India, may possibly, by hard study of them, evolve some useful information, but if the more frivolous reader can herewith beguile a leisure hour my object has not been in vain.


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EVERY profession has and talks its own "shop,” which, though doubtless of great interest to the members thereof, is, as a rule, unbearable to the outside world.

Now I have been told that of all kinds the most unendurable is law “shop,” and have consequently in the following pages endeavoured, as far as possible, to eliminate it.

My object is to give a slight sketch of the life a young barrister will lead who seeks his fortune up-country, as the Indian expression is; and as all work and no play makes

} Jack a dull boy, a few sketches of his social


life and amusements must not be considered misplaced.

With these few words of explanation let us at once plunge in medias res.

The work of a barrister residing in Calcutta, Bombay, or Madras differs but little from that, of his stay-at-home brethren, but it is when he wanders further inland and away from the great centres of Indian civilization that a marked change is noticeable.

Solicitors disappear, and he is face to face with his client. This, of course, necessitates a thorough knowledge of the language, no light task, as many have found to their cost.

Instead of a neat little bundle of papers all “copied in a big round hand” he will probably be handed a few dirty documents in the vernacular, from which, with perchance a few facts elicited from the client, he may now proceed to construct a brief.

Oh, glib-tongued gentlemen who would merge the two professions into one, would that on a blazing day in June I could sit you


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